'BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL'
WHAT Jessie Mueller stars in this musical about the songwriter's rise from Carol Klein of Brooklyn to pop legend.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St.
INFO $75-$162, 212-239-6200, beautifulonbroadway.com
'THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE'
WHAT John Ellison Conlee morphs into four different Watsons -- including Holmes' pal -- in Madeleine George's time-traveling new play.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St.
INFO $70-$90, 212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org
'LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER'
WHAT A musical about Linda Lee Thomas, whose marriage to Porter, who was gay, lasted 35 years. Music and lyrics are by Porter; Richard Maltby Jr., directs.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., York Theatre at St. Peters, 619 Lexington Ave.
INFO $65, 212-352-3101, lovelindathemusical.com
WHAT John Carpenter's 1988 sci-fi-horror flick, about a homeless drifter ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper) whose paranoia is well-founded, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
WHEN | WHERE Through Thursday at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave.
INFO $13.50, 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com
WHAT It may sound like an eat-your-vegetables show, but this large exhibit, subtitled "Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," is thrilling. It takes an expansive, humanistic view of war and its effects, and the images are riveting.
WHEN | WHERE Through Feb. 2, closed Monday and Tuesdays, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Pkwy.
INFO $12, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org
WHAT Perhaps the most casual outpost of chef Alain Ducasse's restaurant empire, the midtown bistro Benoit has the talented Philippe Bertineau in the kitchen. He produces pitch-perfect renditions of French classics; this time of year, consider the hearty cassoulet ($29).
WHEN | WHERE Lunch and dinner daily. 60 W. 55th St.
INFO Average entree $32, 646-943-7373, benoitny.com
CYNDI LAUPER AND FRIENDS
WHAT This girl -- and pals including Pink and Josh Groban -- just want to have fun in this holiday concert.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan
INFO $35-$150; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com
WHAT No need to curb your enthusiasm. Sit back and laugh along with Larry David's raucous sparring partner.
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8:30 and 10:30; Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m., Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St.
INFO $27.50-$120; 212-367-9000, gothamcomedyclub.com
Compiled by Linda Winer, Rafer Guzmán, Ted Loos and Daniel Bubbeo